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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What proof does Joe offer to contest Fatt's suggestion that workers had hot suppers to go home to?
(a) He asks workers to raise their hands.
(b) He describes his last evening meal.
(c) He asks for comments from workers.
(d) He asks workers for a voice vote of yes or no.

2. What does Fatt do after Joe comes forward?
(a) Sits at the end of the table.
(b) Sits and relights his cigar.
(c) Turns his back to Joe.
(d) Stands and crosses his arms.

3. What is the setting of Scene 3?
(a) A neighborhood restaurant.
(b) The living room of a house.
(c) A research laboratory.
(d) A luxurious office.

4. What are the professions of the two main characters?
(a) Lab assistant and industrialist.
(b) Cab driver and union leader.
(c) Doctor and hospital administrator.
(d) Dental assistant and manager.

5. What does it mean when a character is called "yellow?"
(a) He is a coward.
(b) He is a cab driver.
(c) He is courageous.
(d) He has a sunny disposition.

6. How does Odets foreshadow some of the main characters in the play?
(a) Makes them members of the workers' committee.
(b) Has them all speak in Scene 1.
(c) Blacklists them for expulsion from the union.
(d) Reveals each one slowly as the "voice."

7. Why does Joe think the workers need to strike?
(a) The workers are supporting the company rather than the family.
(b) He doesn't. He believes striking is for losers.
(c) So the workers can have extra money for vacations.
(d) Because it makes the bosses look bad.

8. What is being developed in Laboratory A?
(a) A newly designed gas mask.
(b) The atomic bomb.
(c) A cure for tuberculosis.
(d) Poison gas.

9. Why is the research in Laboratory A so important at the time of the play?
(a) It is just regular research and not that important.
(b) It saves lives from disease.
(c) It prepares the United States for future wars.
(d) It protects soldiers fighting in the current war.

10. What does Joe do to quiet the men?
(a) Raises his hand.
(b) Raises a clenched fist.
(c) Tells them to be quiet.
(d) He is unable to quiet them.

11. How does Miller initially feel about the new job assignment?
(a) Very happy.
(b) Suspicious.
(c) Displeased.
(d) Lukewarm.

12. What is Fayette's attitude about death and war?
(a) Death is a good way to become a hero.
(b) War serves no useful purpose and life is wasted.
(c) Families should be paid when soldiers die in war.
(d) Fayette believes death in war is honorable.

13. Who is Andy Gump?
(a) A mentally challenged movie character.
(b) A newspaper comic strip character.
(c) One of the employees who led the strike.
(d) The guy who worked in Laboratory A.

14. What is Joe paying his dues to?
(a) A Masonic order.
(b) The country club.
(c) The Rotary Club.
(d) A union.

15. Who is the first character to speak in the play?
(a) Lefty.
(b) Benjamin.
(c) Fatt.
(d) Joe.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why doesn't Edna want Joe to wake the children?

2. How much do Joe and Edna pay for rent?

3. Why is a character called a "red?"

4. Who is referred to as having "more guts than a slaughter house?"

5. What does Edna imply that her current financial situation is causing to happen to her?

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